Writing for Multi-Cultural Readers
Writing for Multi-Cultural Readers

Is There A Uniquely Asian Art for Children?
Is There A Uniquely Asian Art for Children?

The Writers & Illustrators Track gathers writers and illustrators together with publishing industry professionals to share, network and celebrate literature for both children and young adults from Asia and around the world.

Attend exciting sessions that discuss the development and creation of quality literary content for children and youths and connect with local and international literary professionals!

An AFCC Festival Pass gives you full access to these sessions. 

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5 Sep 2019 (Thu)

9.00am - 10.30am
L16, The Pod Keynote

AFCC Launch & Keynote Address

Championing Diversity In A Volatile World

Featuring: Helen Wang, Sara Sargent, Mary George
Moderator: Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte

Why is it important for children to see themselves represented in the books and media they consume? What does it really mean to "Champion Diversity in a Volatile World"? 

To officially launch the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2019, join us for the opening keynote as our distinguished speakers will offer their views on this year's festival theme of Diversity in a series of keynote addresses, followed by a panel discussion.

Details

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 09:00AM 09/05/2019 10:30AM Asia/Singapore AFCC Launch & Keynote Address

Why is it important for children to see themselves represented in the books and media they consume? What does it really mean to "Champion Diversity in a Volatile World"? 

To officially launch the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2019, join us for the opening keynote as our distinguished speakers will offer their views on this year's festival theme of Diversity in a series of keynote addresses, followed by a panel discussion.

Details

L16, The Pod
10.45am - 11.45am
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Current Trends in the Children’s Book Market

Featuring: Bijal Vachharajani, Aparna Kapur, Tina Narang, Sara Sargent
Moderator: Priti Sharma

What are the current trends in the children’s book market? How do these trends affect publishers and editors in deciding which books to publish? This panel will examine current publishing trends in the children’s international book scene and the role of editors in shaping the narrative of the books.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 10:45AM 09/05/2019 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Current Trends in the Children’s Book Market

What are the current trends in the children’s book market? How do these trends affect publishers and editors in deciding which books to publish? This panel will examine current publishing trends in the children’s international book scene and the role of editors in shaping the narrative of the books.

B1, Programme Zone
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Panel

Dealing With Difficult Topics in Children’s Literature

Featuring: Goh Eck Kheng, Lin Xiaoling, Joanne Poon, Sabrinah Morad
Moderator: Melanie Lee

In this panel, participants will gain insight into the process of developing children’s literature on difficult topics such as sexual abuse, depression and terminal illness. The speakers will share about the preparatory work that authors and illustrators undertake to familiarise themselves with the context at hand, as well as the possible social or cultural biases to avoid when presenting such topics to children.  

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 10:45AM 09/05/2019 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Dealing With Difficult Topics in Children’s Literature

In this panel, participants will gain insight into the process of developing children’s literature on difficult topics such as sexual abuse, depression and terminal illness. The speakers will share about the preparatory work that authors and illustrators undertake to familiarise themselves with the context at hand, as well as the possible social or cultural biases to avoid when presenting such topics to children.  

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Pinned! The 3 ‘P’s of Creative Writing

Featuring: Pauline Loh
Moderator: Jane Hayes

Learn to write creatively using the 3 ‘P’s! In this session, Pauline will share on how everybody can be a voice for the voiceless and capture precious memories. Participants will get the chance to exercise their creative skills to create an original out-of-the-box story! 

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 10:45AM 09/05/2019 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Pinned! The 3 ‘P’s of Creative Writing

Learn to write creatively using the 3 ‘P’s! In this session, Pauline will share on how everybody can be a voice for the voiceless and capture precious memories. Participants will get the chance to exercise their creative skills to create an original out-of-the-box story! 

L5, Imagination Room
12.00pm - 1.00pm
L5, Possibility Room Panel

Advocating For Diverse Books

Featuring: Emily X.R. Pan, Philip Nel, Lisa Charleyboy
Moderator: Avery Fischer Udagawa

The argument for diversity and fair representation has never been more urgent than it is today. However, in this minefield of diversity, how do writers and publishers push for greater inclusion? What are the challenges that they face? This panel will share their views. 

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Advocating For Diverse Books

The argument for diversity and fair representation has never been more urgent than it is today. However, in this minefield of diversity, how do writers and publishers push for greater inclusion? What are the challenges that they face? This panel will share their views. 

L5, Possibility Room
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Personal Journeys, Stranger Worlds, New Perspectives: Illustrating Children’s Non-fiction in India

Featuring: Tanaya Vyas
Moderator: Sadaf Siddique

This talk highlights new forms of narratives in non-fiction picture books across India and other regions of Asia through specific case studies. Gain insight into the marriage between traditional and contemporary perspectives from the lens of the personal as well as documented stories.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Personal Journeys, Stranger Worlds, New Perspectives: Illustrating Children’s Non-fiction in India

This talk highlights new forms of narratives in non-fiction picture books across India and other regions of Asia through specific case studies. Gain insight into the marriage between traditional and contemporary perspectives from the lens of the personal as well as documented stories.

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Panel

Southeast Asian YA Science Fiction and Fantasy: We Do Exist!

Featuring: Joyce Chng, Gabriela Lee, Koen Setyawan
Moderator: Don Bosco

What is Southeast Asian YA science fiction and fantasy? Who writes them? This panel of writers will share their  experience and journey in writing science fantasy fiction for young adults inspired by the Southeast Asia region. 

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Southeast Asian YA Science Fiction and Fantasy: We Do Exist!

What is Southeast Asian YA science fiction and fantasy? Who writes them? This panel of writers will share their  experience and journey in writing science fantasy fiction for young adults inspired by the Southeast Asia region. 

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
B1, Programme Zone Talk

Visualising Emotions: Learning Grief and Loss in Contemporary Picture Books

Featuring: Ping-Shi Kao
Moderator: Leila Boukarim

Illustrations bring variety to the expression of emotions. This presentation explores the visual construction of grief and loss in contemporary picture books and the effect of visual literacy on the acquisition of emotion, to promote awareness of life education in Asia.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Visualising Emotions: Learning Grief and Loss in Contemporary Picture Books

Illustrations bring variety to the expression of emotions. This presentation explores the visual construction of grief and loss in contemporary picture books and the effect of visual literacy on the acquisition of emotion, to promote awareness of life education in Asia.

B1, Programme Zone
L16, The Pod Panel

What’s The Point Of Book Reviews?

Featuring: Charlene Lai, Olivia Ho
Moderator: Hwee Goh

In the age of Goodreads and Bookstagram feeds, are traditional book reviews still relevant? This panel brings together book reviewers across different mediums to discuss how micro-blogging is slowly influencing the way we read. 

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 12:00PM 09/05/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore What’s The Point Of Book Reviews?

In the age of Goodreads and Bookstagram feeds, are traditional book reviews still relevant? This panel brings together book reviewers across different mediums to discuss how micro-blogging is slowly influencing the way we read. 

L16, The Pod
2.00pm - 3.00pm
B1, Multi-Purpose Room

First Look: Illustration Critique

Featuring: Antonio Reinhard Wisesa, Barbara Moxham, David Liew, Debasmita Dasgupta
Moderator: Pippa Chorley

First Look is an opportunity for illustrators who are considering publishing a picture book to show their work anonymously to a panel of professionals and have their submitted illustrations reviewed.

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 02:00PM 09/05/2019 03:00PM Asia/Singapore First Look: Illustration Critique

First Look is an opportunity for illustrators who are considering publishing a picture book to show their work anonymously to a panel of professionals and have their submitted illustrations reviewed.

Submission Details

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
L5, Imagination Room

First Pages: Writing Critique

Featuring: Tina Narang, Avery Fischer Udagawa, Priti Sharma
Moderator: Melanie Lee

First Pages is for new or seasoned writers who would like to share the first page of their unpublished manuscript anonymously with a panel of publishing experts and authors who will provide feedback on the work during the session.

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 02:00PM 09/05/2019 03:00PM Asia/Singapore First Pages: Writing Critique

First Pages is for new or seasoned writers who would like to share the first page of their unpublished manuscript anonymously with a panel of publishing experts and authors who will provide feedback on the work during the session.

Submission Details

L5, Imagination Room
L16, The Pod Panel

The Making of Si Kian: Children’s Literature, Journalism and Storytelling under the War on Drugs

Featuring: Weng Cahiles, Aldy Aguirre
Moderator: Lin Xueling

Learn more about Si Kian, a gripping children’s picture book that bravely discusses the dark topic of minors being killed in the war of drugs in the Philippines. Join the Si Kian team as they share their creative process in combining journalism and literature in the craft of picture book storytelling.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 02:00PM 09/05/2019 03:00PM Asia/Singapore The Making of Si Kian: Children’s Literature, Journalism and Storytelling under the War on Drugs

Learn more about Si Kian, a gripping children’s picture book that bravely discusses the dark topic of minors being killed in the war of drugs in the Philippines. Join the Si Kian team as they share their creative process in combining journalism and literature in the craft of picture book storytelling.

L16, The Pod
L16, The Pod Panel

How the Perception of Identity Affects Readers and Writers

Featuring: Maya Thiagarajan, Friska Titi Nova
Moderator: Kim Beeman

Writing for a young audience can be tricky, especially since they are a diverse group with varied tastes and interests, and come from different backgrounds. The speakers will share their insights on working with children and understanding their reading preferences. They will offer tips on how authors can understand their readers better.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 01:30PM 09/07/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore How the Perception of Identity Affects Readers and Writers

Writing for a young audience can be tricky, especially since they are a diverse group with varied tastes and interests, and come from different backgrounds. The speakers will share their insights on working with children and understanding their reading preferences. They will offer tips on how authors can understand their readers better.

L16, The Pod
3.00pm - 4.00pm
L3, Drama Centre Foyer

It’s A Match! (Writers and Producers)

Featuring: Lynne Loi, Luanne Poh, Rachel Lim, Jean Yeo, Rehina Pereira, Adeline Foo

Are you a published author exploring to have your work adapted for the screen or to stage? Then join us at It’s A Match!, our speed-dating session where you meet media and theatre producers to talk about developing your books into a treatment for new platforms.

This event is open to all AFCC ticket holders. Limited slots available. 

Submission details

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 03:00PM 09/05/2019 04:00PM Asia/Singapore It’s A Match! (Writers and Producers)

Are you a published author exploring to have your work adapted for the screen or to stage? Then join us at It’s A Match!, our speed-dating session where you meet media and theatre producers to talk about developing your books into a treatment for new platforms.

This event is open to all AFCC ticket holders. Limited slots available. 

Submission details

L3, Drama Centre Foyer
3.15pm - 4.15pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Fantasy and Folklore in Philippines’ Children Literature

Featuring: Gabriela Lee, Evelyn F. Cabanban
Moderator: Andrea Pasion-Flores

In this session, speakers will examine the connection and relationship between folklore and fantasy. Join us to learn more about the roots of fantasy and how traditional Philippine folklore has been re-appropriated and assimilated into contemporary fantasy fiction.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 03:15PM 09/05/2019 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Fantasy and Folklore in Philippines’ Children Literature

In this session, speakers will examine the connection and relationship between folklore and fantasy. Join us to learn more about the roots of fantasy and how traditional Philippine folklore has been re-appropriated and assimilated into contemporary fantasy fiction.

B1, Programme Zone
L5, Possibility Room Panel

Portrayal of Special Needs in YA and Children’s Books

Featuring: Suzanne Kamata, Sarinajit Kaur, Hanna Alkaf
Moderator: Donna Lim

Join us for a panel discussion on choosing books with positive depictions of disability and how to write sensitively about children or youths with disabilities. Learn more about the book titles recommended by the panel.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 03:15PM 09/05/2019 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Portrayal of Special Needs in YA and Children’s Books

Join us for a panel discussion on choosing books with positive depictions of disability and how to write sensitively about children or youths with disabilities. Learn more about the book titles recommended by the panel.

L5, Possibility Room
4.30pm - 5.30pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Between the Lines: The Art and Business of Translating Children’s Books

Featuring: Helen Wang, Nur-El Hudaa Jaffar, Avery Fischer Udagawa
Moderator: Su Zhangkai

It may seem simple, but there's far more beneath the surface when it comes to the translation of children's books. On one hand, the translation of texts from one language to another entails unique challenges, such as understanding cultural and linguistic nuances. On the other hand, there are concerns of how well published translations of children’s books are faring in the global market. Join this panel of experienced translators as they discuss the art and business of translating books for children.   

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 04:30PM 09/05/2019 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Between the Lines: The Art and Business of Translating Children’s Books

It may seem simple, but there's far more beneath the surface when it comes to the translation of children's books. On one hand, the translation of texts from one language to another entails unique challenges, such as understanding cultural and linguistic nuances. On the other hand, there are concerns of how well published translations of children’s books are faring in the global market. Join this panel of experienced translators as they discuss the art and business of translating books for children.   

B1, Programme Zone
L5, Possibility Room Talk

The Depths of Fantasy

Featuring: Aditi Krishnakumar, Xie Shi Min
Moderator: Daphne Lee

Fantasy is often the first introduction children have to difficult decisions and philosophical conundrums. Ponder some of the harder questions and talk about early childhood stories and why they matter.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 04:30PM 09/05/2019 05:30PM Asia/Singapore The Depths of Fantasy

Fantasy is often the first introduction children have to difficult decisions and philosophical conundrums. Ponder some of the harder questions and talk about early childhood stories and why they matter.

L5, Possibility Room
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Panel

Matchmade: How Author and Illustrator Partner in Creating Children’s Picture Books

Featuring: Eva Wong Nava, Debasmita Dasgupta, Leila Boukarim, Barbara Moxham
Moderator: Sarah Mounsey

A picture speaks a thousand words, and this rings even more true in children’s picture books. Hear these author-illustrator pairings as they detail their experience of collaborating on children’s books, and appreciate how these close partnerships can yield unexpected gems. 

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 04:30PM 09/05/2019 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Matchmade: How Author and Illustrator Partner in Creating Children’s Picture Books

A picture speaks a thousand words, and this rings even more true in children’s picture books. Hear these author-illustrator pairings as they detail their experience of collaborating on children’s books, and appreciate how these close partnerships can yield unexpected gems. 

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
L5, Imagination Room Workshop

Propelling Your Story through Multiple POVs

Featuring: Joyce Chua
Moderator: Jane Hayes

Tackling multiple points of view in a story is said to be best left to the pros. But with practice, writers can master the techniques of using alternating POVs to speed up or slow down a story, to advance plot, increase tension, and reveal characters. When done right, it can help create a richer, more captivating story.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 04:30PM 09/05/2019 05:30PM Asia/Singapore Propelling Your Story through Multiple POVs

Tackling multiple points of view in a story is said to be best left to the pros. But with practice, writers can master the techniques of using alternating POVs to speed up or slow down a story, to advance plot, increase tension, and reveal characters. When done right, it can help create a richer, more captivating story.

L5, Imagination Room

6 Sep 2019 (Fri)

9.00am - 10.00am
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Children’s Tamil Stories in Singapore

Featuring: Malarvele Ilangovan, Vijayanand Thamotharan, Seetha Lakshmi
Moderator: Vanithamani Saravanan

It’s one of the four official languages in Singapore, but how much do we know about the stories that are written in Tamil? Learn about the publishing output and trends for children stories in Tamil in Singapore, and the journey of writing and producing children’s stories in Tamil. 

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 09:00AM 09/06/2019 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Children’s Tamil Stories in Singapore

It’s one of the four official languages in Singapore, but how much do we know about the stories that are written in Tamil? Learn about the publishing output and trends for children stories in Tamil in Singapore, and the journey of writing and producing children’s stories in Tamil. 

L5, Imagination Room
L3, Drama Centre Foyer Panel

Is There a Southeast Asian Illustration Style?

Featuring: Antonio Reinhard Wisesa, Aldy Aguirre, Ann Gee Neo
Moderator: Darel Seow

Can there really be a definable Southeast Asian (SEA) style of illustration and what characterizes it exactly? Delve into the elements, themes, and tropes that recur in SEA illustration with a panel of experienced illustrators as they discuss their experiences as SEA artists in a global industry.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 09:00AM 09/06/2019 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Is There a Southeast Asian Illustration Style?

Can there really be a definable Southeast Asian (SEA) style of illustration and what characterizes it exactly? Delve into the elements, themes, and tropes that recur in SEA illustration with a panel of experienced illustrators as they discuss their experiences as SEA artists in a global industry.

L3, Drama Centre Foyer
9.15am - 10.15am
L16, The Pod

Writer’s Pitch

Featuring: Sara Sargent, Nora Nazerene Abu Bakar, Tina Narang, Lydia Leong, Lynette Teo

Thinking of pitching your children’s and YA books and manuscripts to publishing representatives? 

Here’s your chance! 

Make a date with publishing representatives from HarperCollins (India), Marshall Cavendish International (Asia), Penguin Random House (S.E.A and USA) and more at AFCC 2019! 

Submission Details  

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 09:15AM 09/06/2019 10:15AM Asia/Singapore Writer’s Pitch

Thinking of pitching your children’s and YA books and manuscripts to publishing representatives? 

Here’s your chance! 

Make a date with publishing representatives from HarperCollins (India), Marshall Cavendish International (Asia), Penguin Random House (S.E.A and USA) and more at AFCC 2019! 

Submission Details  

L16, The Pod
11.30am - 12.30pm
L5, Imagination Room Panel

Debut YA Authors

Featuring: Hanna Alkaf, Emily X.R. Pan, Lu Huiyi
Moderator: Pauline Loh

Featuring new voices in the scene, hear from this panel of first-time YA authors as they share on their experiences of publishing their first YA book and how they got started on their journey as a writer. 

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 11:30AM 09/06/2019 12:30PM Asia/Singapore Debut YA Authors

Featuring new voices in the scene, hear from this panel of first-time YA authors as they share on their experiences of publishing their first YA book and how they got started on their journey as a writer. 

L5, Imagination Room
1.30pm - 2.30pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

New Avenues for Children’s Books: Collaborating in a Global Economy

Featuring: Mark C. Evans, David Liew, Charles Santoso, Bonni Rambatan

From submitting manuscripts to collaborating with other writers, illustrators and editors, the new digital economy has removed borders and created opportunities to collaborate and create innovative children’s books across oceans as well as the opportunity to explore new markets.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 01:30PM 09/06/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore New Avenues for Children’s Books: Collaborating in a Global Economy

From submitting manuscripts to collaborating with other writers, illustrators and editors, the new digital economy has removed borders and created opportunities to collaborate and create innovative children’s books across oceans as well as the opportunity to explore new markets.

B1, Programme Zone
L5, Possibility Room Panel

Minority Representation in Children’s Literature

Featuring: Yovita Siswati, Agnes Bemoe, Cheeno Marlo Sayuno, Sadaf Siddique
Moderator: Srividhya Venkat

How do writers and publishers ensure that they are representing minority cultures appropriately? Join the four panelists as they share their reflections and challenges working in the field, from their efforts to increasing diversity, to writing as an outsider, and how this helps preserve a nation’s heritage and culture.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 01:30PM 09/06/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Minority Representation in Children’s Literature

How do writers and publishers ensure that they are representing minority cultures appropriately? Join the four panelists as they share their reflections and challenges working in the field, from their efforts to increasing diversity, to writing as an outsider, and how this helps preserve a nation’s heritage and culture.

L5, Possibility Room
2.30pm - 4.00pm
L3, Drama Centre Foyer Panel

培育新一代青年作家

Nurturing A New Generation of Writers

Featuring: Ai Yu 艾禺, Francis Wong Hooe Wai 虎威, An Shiyi 安诗一, Lin Yao 林瑶, Lin Yi-jun 林艺君, Chow Teck Seng 周德成
Moderator: Chua Chee Lay 蔡志礼

新加坡的华文文学团体一直在努力地推广写作,历年来他们举办的活动,如驻校作家计划和新华文学诗歌奖,都培育了新一代的作家。新晋作家如何从这些活动中获益,而写作比赛及培训计划又对新华文学起了什么样的作用?此次讨论会邀请本地几位青年及知名作家畅谈他们的经验。

Over the years, Chinese literary art organisations here have rolled out many initiatives to promote writing and nurture a new generation of young writers. Some of the initiatives include the Author-in-Residence programme in schools and Singapore Chinese Youth Poetry Awards. How have the young writers benefited from them and what is their impact on the literary arts scene? Let established and emerging writers share their experiences in this panel.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 02:30PM 09/06/2019 04:00PM Asia/Singapore 培育新一代青年作家

新加坡的华文文学团体一直在努力地推广写作,历年来他们举办的活动,如驻校作家计划和新华文学诗歌奖,都培育了新一代的作家。新晋作家如何从这些活动中获益,而写作比赛及培训计划又对新华文学起了什么样的作用?此次讨论会邀请本地几位青年及知名作家畅谈他们的经验。

Over the years, Chinese literary art organisations here have rolled out many initiatives to promote writing and nurture a new generation of young writers. Some of the initiatives include the Author-in-Residence programme in schools and Singapore Chinese Youth Poetry Awards. How have the young writers benefited from them and what is their impact on the literary arts scene? Let established and emerging writers share their experiences in this panel.

L3, Drama Centre Foyer
4.00pm - 5.00pm
L5, Possibility Room

Illustration Portfolio Review

Featuring: Josef Lee, Debasmita Dasgupta, Barbara Moxham, Ann Gee Neo, Charles Santoso

Don’t miss this chance to get valuable feedback from professionals on your portfolio that would help to upgrade your skills and expertise!

The Illustration Portfolio Review provides an opportunity for conference delegates with an available body of work to book a one-on-one consultation session with renowned illustrators and artists. 

As there are limited slots, the consultation slots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Each consultation session is for 30 minutes. 

Submission Details

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 04:00PM 09/06/2019 05:00PM Asia/Singapore Illustration Portfolio Review

Don’t miss this chance to get valuable feedback from professionals on your portfolio that would help to upgrade your skills and expertise!

The Illustration Portfolio Review provides an opportunity for conference delegates with an available body of work to book a one-on-one consultation session with renowned illustrators and artists. 

As there are limited slots, the consultation slots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Each consultation session is for 30 minutes. 

Submission Details

L5, Possibility Room
4.15pm - 5.15pm
L3, Drama Centre Foyer Panel

The Next Wave in Children’s and YA Books: What Asian Publishers Are Looking For

Featuring: Tina Narang, Felicia Low-Jimenez, Tan Ooi Boon
Moderator: Kenny Leck

What is the next big thing in Asian children and YA literature? What are publishers (and readers) looking out for? This panel will share on current and upcoming developments in the industry. 

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 04:15PM 09/06/2019 05:15PM Asia/Singapore The Next Wave in Children’s and YA Books: What Asian Publishers Are Looking For

What is the next big thing in Asian children and YA literature? What are publishers (and readers) looking out for? This panel will share on current and upcoming developments in the industry. 

L3, Drama Centre Foyer

7 Sep 2019 (Sat)

9.00am - 10.00am
L3, Drama Centre Foyer Talk

Buying and Selling Rights

Featuring: Chua Hong Koon
Moderator: Harprit Singh Sidhu

The session explores the requisites, nuances and intricacies of buying and selling rights across regional and global markets, with a special focus on children’s books. The talk will also discuss the roles of rights agents, publishers, authors, illustrators and booksellers in buying and selling rights.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 09:00AM 09/07/2019 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Buying and Selling Rights

The session explores the requisites, nuances and intricacies of buying and selling rights across regional and global markets, with a special focus on children’s books. The talk will also discuss the roles of rights agents, publishers, authors, illustrators and booksellers in buying and selling rights.

L3, Drama Centre Foyer
10.15am - 11.15am
L5, Possibility Room Panel

Young Book Reviewers Speaks Out!

Featuring: Ava Lewis, Sienna Wheeler, Julianne Faye Ong, Pang Jing Xuan
Moderator: Kim Beeman

Hear from this panel of young book reviewers as they reveal their reading likes and dislikes and what books have made the most impression on them. 

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 10:15AM 09/07/2019 11:15AM Asia/Singapore Young Book Reviewers Speaks Out!

Hear from this panel of young book reviewers as they reveal their reading likes and dislikes and what books have made the most impression on them. 

L5, Possibility Room
L3, Drama Centre Foyer Talk

Understanding Copyright

Featuring: Peter Schoppert
Moderator: Marcus Liu

This session will stimulate discussion on the importance and challenges of copyright in new and established markets, with a special focus on emerging Southeast Asian markets, including Myanmar.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 10:15AM 09/07/2019 11:15AM Asia/Singapore Understanding Copyright

This session will stimulate discussion on the importance and challenges of copyright in new and established markets, with a special focus on emerging Southeast Asian markets, including Myanmar.

L3, Drama Centre Foyer
1.30pm - 2.30pm
L5, Possibility Room Panel

A Survey of ASEAN Malay Children Literature

Featuring: Koen Setyawan, Rilla Melati
Moderator: Murti Bunanta

Find out what are the popular topics in Malay children's literature across ASEAN, and the trends and developments in Malay children's literature in the SEA region. This session will look at past and current reading trends, as well as discuss what's upcoming in the scene. 

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 01:30PM 09/07/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore A Survey of ASEAN Malay Children Literature

Find out what are the popular topics in Malay children's literature across ASEAN, and the trends and developments in Malay children's literature in the SEA region. This session will look at past and current reading trends, as well as discuss what's upcoming in the scene. 

L5, Possibility Room
2.45pm - 3.45pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Becoming an Illustrator

Featuring: Josef Lee, Antonio Reinhard Wisesa, Paula Pang, Bonni Rambatan

What does it mean to become an illustrator and maintain a sustainable career in the field? Join a panel of experienced illustrators in sharing their personal journeys as children’s book illustrators and gain tips on how to establish a career in illustration.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 01:30PM 09/07/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Becoming an Illustrator

What does it mean to become an illustrator and maintain a sustainable career in the field? Join a panel of experienced illustrators in sharing their personal journeys as children’s book illustrators and gain tips on how to establish a career in illustration.

B1, Programme Zone
L5, Possibility Room Panel

如何创作富有本地色彩的故事

Creating Stories with Local Contexts

Featuring: Chen Shuai 陈帅, Cheng Wan Ni 郑婉妮, Francis Wong Hooe Wai 虎威
Moderator: Jane Wee 黄美萍

新华儿童作家是如何在自己的作品里注入本地色彩,以有趣的方式吸引年轻读者呢?且听本地作家分享他们作品背后的灵感,了解他们如何把熟悉的情景融入书境让孩子们起共鸣。

How do Singapore Chinese children’s authors infuse elements of local culture in their works to attract young readers? In this panel, they reveal what goes into crafting vivid stories that would resonate with children. 

This session will be conducted in Mandarin.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 02:45PM 09/07/2019 03:45PM Asia/Singapore 如何创作富有本地色彩的故事

新华儿童作家是如何在自己的作品里注入本地色彩,以有趣的方式吸引年轻读者呢?且听本地作家分享他们作品背后的灵感,了解他们如何把熟悉的情景融入书境让孩子们起共鸣。

How do Singapore Chinese children’s authors infuse elements of local culture in their works to attract young readers? In this panel, they reveal what goes into crafting vivid stories that would resonate with children. 

This session will be conducted in Mandarin.

L5, Possibility Room
3.15pm - 4.45pm
L5, Imagination Room Workshop

The Nuts and Bolts of Picture Book Crafting and Publishing

Featuring: Leila Boukarim, Barbara Moxham

Creating a publishable picture book is not as easy as it seems. Join Leila and Barbara as they take you through the process, from writing and illustrating to pitching your work.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 03:15PM 09/07/2019 04:45PM Asia/Singapore The Nuts and Bolts of Picture Book Crafting and Publishing

Creating a publishable picture book is not as easy as it seems. Join Leila and Barbara as they take you through the process, from writing and illustrating to pitching your work.

L5, Imagination Room
4.00pm - 5.00pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Dealing With Trauma in Books

Featuring: Hanna Alkaf, Emily X.R. Pan, Weng Cahiles
Moderator: Elaine Fong

How to portray sensitively trauma in books for young adults? From racial violence to murder and depression, what is the responsibility of writers in writing about these topics? This panel will share about how they navigate these issues on both a systemic and personal level.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 04:00PM 09/07/2019 05:00PM Asia/Singapore Dealing With Trauma in Books

How to portray sensitively trauma in books for young adults? From racial violence to murder and depression, what is the responsibility of writers in writing about these topics? This panel will share about how they navigate these issues on both a systemic and personal level.

B1, Programme Zone
L3, Drama Centre Foyer

Publishers Networking Session

Meet and network with publishers from Singapore and Myanmar in this free-and-easy session.  
 

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 04:00PM 09/07/2019 05:00PM Asia/Singapore Publishers Networking Session

Meet and network with publishers from Singapore and Myanmar in this free-and-easy session.  
 

L3, Drama Centre Foyer
5.00pm - 6.00pm
L5, Imagination Room Panel

Rebels in Children and YA Literature

Featuring: Philip Nel, Simon Chesterman, Aldy Aguirre
Moderator: Katherine Wakely-Mulroney

How is children's literature subversive, and in what ways can it be viewed as a force for positive change? This panel will look at the 'rebels'  in children and YA literature and discuss the effects of their influence on generations of readers. 

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 05:00PM 09/07/2019 06:00PM Asia/Singapore Rebels in Children and YA Literature

How is children's literature subversive, and in what ways can it be viewed as a force for positive change? This panel will look at the 'rebels'  in children and YA literature and discuss the effects of their influence on generations of readers. 

L5, Imagination Room